The 23 best things to drink this summer

Cheers!

Lorenza Centi
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The summer heat waves are heat waving, and the climate’s only gonna get worse from here. Until Joe Biden responds to my email begging him for climate action, you’ll find me sipping on these summer drinks that are helping me forget it’s the End Times. Join me, won’t you?

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Drizly
KOVAL Cranberry Gin Liqueur

Mix this tart liqueur with a bit of club soda or sparkling wine, and you have a truly delightful summer spritz. Bonus: The Chicago-based KOVAL distillery sources its ingredients from organic, Midwestern farmers.

$30
Total Wine
Cali Squeeze Hefeweizen Variety Pack

Imbued with fruits straight outta California, Cali Squeeze’s Variety Pack includes refreshing summer flavors like blood orange and mango.

$19
Empress
Empress 1908 Gin

What's better than a refreshing G&T? A refreshing G&T made with royal purple gin...that turns pink when mixed with the tonic. Yes, please.

$40
Aurora Elixirs
Lolo Hops Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Beverage

Non-alcoholic and sparkling, this drink still has a boozy kick to it — it’s infused with hops, the flower that gives beer its flavor — with none of the hangover involved.

$21
Drink Lunar
Lunar’s Korean Plum Hard Seltzer 16-pack

Lunar prides itself on embracing flavors beloved in the Asian American community, and its subtle and delicious Korean plum drink is a perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

$48
Drizly
Drifter Craft Cocktails Passion Fruit Caipirinha 4 pack

The canned cocktail craze is here to stay for a while, so we might as well embrace it. Drifter’s passion fruit caipirinha evokes the flavors of Brazil and gets its cachaça straight from the mountains outside of Rio.

$23
Reserve Bar
Cutwater Spirits Piña Colada 4 pack

If you’re going to drink a piña colada out of a can, you might as well try to get as close to the real thing as possible. Cutwater waters nothing down — this has coconut cream liqueur in it with real milk. And if you're more of a tequila drinker? Cutwater's new canned Pineapple Margarita is just as delicious.

$16
Drizly
Canteen Vodka Soda Tropical Variety Pack

For vodka soda fanatics, Canteen’s variety pack reinterprets the classic drink and shaves some of the edge off with flavors like Pineapple, Strawberry, and Lime.

$20
Total Wine
Cara Mellow’s Peach Rosé

There are few things better than paper bagging a sweet rosé with overtones of peach on a scorching day at the beach.

$10
Owl’s Brew
Owl’s Brew Boozy Tea ParTea Pack #1

These spiked sparkling teas are made with actual tea and botanicals. The Partea Pack’s flavors include English Breakfast Tea & Lemon, White Tea & Watermelon, and Darjeeling Tea & Hibiscus.

$15
Drizly
Mount Gay Rum Black Barrel

If you’re looking to invest in a good bottle of rum that will carry you through the next few weeks of summer, this bottle is straight from a distillery in Barbados that recently welcomed its first female Master Blender and is aged for up to 7 years in American whiskey casks.

$42
Tanteo Tequila
Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila

If you’re the type to crank up the heat until you can no longer feel your face (in the best way), this tequila made with 100% Blue Agave and infused with jalapeños seems like a sound choice.

$33
Vivino
Altaneve’s Prosecco Superiore

There’s so much you can do with a good prosecco, whether it's sipping it on its own (this Italian option pairs particularly well with cured meats or seafood), or mixing it into a tasty cocktail a la Aperol Spritz or mimosa.

$40
Fisher’s Island Lemonade
Fishers Island Lemonade Variety Pack

These gluten-free sweet lemonades are a little *too* easy to drink, considering they’re spiked with vodka and whiskey.

$76
Sonoma-Cutrer
Sonoma-Cutrer Rosé of Pinot Noir

Another great rosé option, this 2021 Pintor Noir tastes like the best elements of summer bottled up — soft on the palate with tones of tangerine, grapefruit and strawberry.

$25
Day One
Day One’s Lime Flavored CBD Sparkling Water

These non-alcoholic, zero calorie CBD sparkling waters won’t get you high, but they’ll definitely chill you out.

$36
Mizo
Mizo Hard Lemonade Variety 12-Pack

This alcoholic juice pouch is basically the adult Capri Sun of your dreams. The sweetness of the Original Lemonade flavor, for example, masked the alcohol taste enough to keep you sipping with ease. As an added plus, it’s AAPI and woman-owned.

$30
Vivino
Minuty M Rosé 2021

There's no such thing as too much rosé in the summer. This one from Minuty is a light, dry, and supremely refreshing option.

$20
YoCo Vodka
YoCo Vodka

Producer and songwriter Polow Da Don has blessed us with this Tennessee vodka that's made with 100% non-GMO corn and carbon filtered for serious smoothness.

$20
Gilbert Whitney
Avaline White Cans 4 Pack

A crisp white wine in a single-serving can? Yes, please.

$22
Drizly
Bar Hill Tom Cat Gin

Can't decide between gin and whiskey? Bar Hill's Tom Cat Gin, which is aged in oak barrels, will satisfy both tastes.

$52
Body Vodka
BODY Vodka

When you want smooth vodka with a lighter buzz, go with BODY vodka — it has 25% less alcohol than than most other options, without sacrificing taste or experience.

$34
Tank Garage Winery
Tank Garage Winery Love Saves Skin-Fermented White Wine

If you haven't yet tried orange wine — which is *not* made from oranges, but rather from white grapes that are fermented with the skin still on — consider this your sign to do so. Love Saves offers a fruity-but-not-too-sweet refreshing flavor that's precisely what summer calls for.

$38